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Layland, Allison; Redding, Sam – Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2017
The pivot point for educational change is now firmly placed with the district, rebalancing the position of the state and the school relative to the local education agency (LEA). The state education agency (SEA) has been shifting its emphasis for decades, from a compliance-focused authority to a change agent equipped with systems, processes,…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Statewide Planning, Educational Change, Educational Planning
Layland, Allison; Redding, Sam – Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2016
For decades, the regulations attached to federal education funds have shaped the forms and functions of state education agencies (SEAs), especially as state funding for these agencies has stagnated or diminished. In fact, the relationship between the SEA and the state's districts and schools has been colored by the strong tint of federal…
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, Federal Aid, State Aid, School Districts
Jochim, Ashley, Ed.; Gross, Betheny, Ed. – Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2016
"The SEA of the Future" is an education publication series examining how state education agencies can shift from a compliance to a performance-oriented organization through strategic planning and performance management tools to meet growing demands to support education reform while improving productivity. This volume, the sixth in the…
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement
Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2016
The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) did not wait for Congress to pass the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Beginning months before the passage of the landmark education bill, ADE began an intensive examination of Arkansas's education future and ADE's role relative to districts and communities in shaping that future. The ADE strategic…
Descriptors: Government Role, Stakeholders, Educational Change, School Districts
Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2016
The Virgin Islands Department of Education (VIDE) began an intensive examination of the U.S. Virgin Islands' education future and VIDE's role relative to the two school districts and communities in shaping that future. The Commissioner, Dr. Sharon Ann McCollum, and selected leaders representing VIDE, both districts, and several schools met for…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Planning, Agency Role, Educational Development
Barfield, Kathleen – Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2015
21st century economy demands a broad range of new skills and deeper knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to both sustain our existing society and be successful in the future. This imperative must drive our collective school improvement efforts to ensure that every graduate is college and career ready. Teacher quality has…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Teacher Distribution, Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Supply and Demand
Gross, Betheny, Ed.; Jochim, Ashley, Ed. – Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2015
"The SEA of the Future" is an education publication series examining how state education agencies can shift from a compliance to a performance-oriented organization through strategic planning and performance management tools to meet growing demands to support education reform while improving productivity. This is the fourth volume in the…
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, Educational Improvement, Performance, Organizational Effectiveness
Gross, Betheny, Ed.; Jochim, Ashley, Ed. – Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2015
"The SEA of the Future" is an education publication series examining how state education agencies can shift from a compliance to a performance-oriented organization through strategic planning and performance management tools to meet growing demands to support education reform while improving productivity. This volume, the fifth in the…
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, Educational Improvement, Performance, Organizational Effectiveness
Redding, Sam; Layland, Allison – Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2015
A State Education Agency (SEA), whether in a large state or small, is responsible for a complex education system, responsive to a host of stakeholders, and charged with advocating for a multitude of students of all ages attending schools of every description. Much of what an SEA is tasked with accomplishing is set by external entities, from the…
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, Strategic Planning, Job Performance, Personnel Management
Gross, Betheny, Ed.; Jochim, Ashley, Ed. – Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2014
"The SEA of the Future" is an education publication series examining how state education agencies can shift from a compliance to a performance-oriented organization through strategic planning and performance management tools to meet growing demands to support education reform while improving productivity. This volume, the third in the…
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, Educational Improvement, Performance, Organizational Effectiveness
Zavadsky, Heather – Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2014
The role of state education agencies (SEAs) has shifted significantly from low-profile, compliance activities like managing federal grants to engaging in more complex and politically charged tasks like setting curriculum standards, developing accountability systems, and creating new teacher evaluation systems. The move from compliance-monitoring…
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, Stakeholders, State Standards, Government Role
Hanes, Susan; Kerins, Thomas; Perlman, Carole; Redding, Sam; Ross, Steven – Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2013
The Building State Capacity and Productivity (BSCP) Center released a report outlining a process for state education agencies (SEAs) to evaluate and improve their System of Recognition, Accountability, and Support (SRAS). The federal government now sets high expectations for state and local use of federal dollars while allowing greater state…
Descriptors: Performance, Performance Based Assessment, Accountability, Scoring Rubrics
Matta-Barrera, Romanita; Nafziger, Kristin E. – Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2013
State education agencies (SEAs) are central players in initiating and leading new reform efforts. However, traditional approaches to providing public information are not adequate for producing the necessary awareness and support to implement reforms statewide and at the local level. SEAs often have very few staff or other resources devoted to…
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, Stakeholders, Organizational Communication, Advocacy
Redding, Sam; Nafziger, Dean – Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2013
The purpose of the state education agency (SEA) is to focus the entire education system on helping students become capable in college and career in an increasingly complex world. One of the most vexing problems facing SEAs today is how to meet increasing demands for performance while adjusting to significant resource reductions. Meeting that…
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, Career Development, College Readiness, College Preparation
Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2013
This paper is written for state educational agency (SEA) leaders who are considering the benefits of collaborative benchmarking, and it addresses the following questions: (1) What does benchmarking of best practices entail?; (2) How does "collaborative benchmarking" enhance the process?; (3) How do SEAs control the process so that "their" needs…
Descriptors: Benchmarking, Best Practices, State Agencies, Program Implementation
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